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DBMS > EXASOL vs. SAP IQ vs. Snowflake vs. Sphinx

System Properties Comparison EXASOL vs. SAP IQ vs. Snowflake vs. Sphinx

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NameEXASOL  Xexclude from comparisonSAP IQ infoformer name: Sybase IQ  Xexclude from comparisonSnowflake  Xexclude from comparisonSphinx  Xexclude from comparison
DescriptionHigh-performance, in-memory, MPP database specifically designed for in-memory analytics.Columnar RDBMS optimized for Big Data analyticsCloud-based data warehousing service for structured and semi-structured dataOpen source search engine for searching in data from different sources, e.g. relational databases
Primary database modelRelational DBMSRelational DBMS infocolumn-orientedRelational DBMSSearch engine
DB-Engines Ranking infomeasures the popularity of database management systemsranking trend
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Score3.40
Rank#88  Overall
#45  Relational DBMS
Score5.27
Rank#70  Overall
#38  Relational DBMS
Score2.59
Rank#107  Overall
#53  Relational DBMS
Score6.45
Rank#57  Overall
#6  Search engines
Websitewww.exasol.com/­en/­productswww.sap.com/­products/­sybase-iq-big-data-management.htmlwww.snowflake.comsphinxsearch.com
Technical documentationwww.exasol.com/­en/­community/­resourceshelp.sap.com/­iqdocs.snowflake.net/­manuals/­index.htmlsphinxsearch.com/­docs
DeveloperExasolSAP, formerly SybaseSnowflake Computing Inc.Sphinx Technologies Inc.
Initial release2000199420142001
Current release16.1 SPS04, April 20193.2.1, January 2020
License infoCommercial or Open SourcecommercialcommercialcommercialOpen Source infoGPL version 2, commercial licence available
Cloud-based only infoOnly available as a cloud servicenonoyesno
DBaaS offerings (sponsored links) infoDatabase as a Service

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Implementation languageC++
Server operating systemsAIX
HP-UX
Linux
Solaris
Windows
hostedFreeBSD
Linux
NetBSD
OS X
Solaris
Windows
Data schemeyesyesyes infosupport of semi-structured data formats (JSON, XML, Avro)yes
Typing infopredefined data types such as float or dateyesyesyesno
XML support infoSome form of processing data in XML format, e.g. support for XML data structures, and/or support for XPath, XQuery or XSLT.nonoyes
Secondary indexesyesyesyes infofull-text index on all search fields
SQL infoSupport of SQLyesyesyesSQL-like query language (SphinxQL)
APIs and other access methods.Net
JDBC
ODBC
WebSocket
ADO.NET
JDBC
ODBC
RESTful HTTP API
CLI Client
JDBC
ODBC
Proprietary protocol
Supported programming languagesJava
Lua
Python
R
C
C#
C++
Java
Perl
PHP
Python
Ruby
JavaScript (Node.js)
Python
C++ infounofficial client library
Java
Perl infounofficial client library
PHP
Python
Ruby infounofficial client library
Server-side scripts infoStored proceduresuser defined functionsyesuser defined functionsno
Triggersyesyesno infosimilar concept for controling cloud resourcesno
Partitioning methods infoMethods for storing different data on different nodesShardingshared disk or shared nothing architectures with SAP IQ MultiplexeryesSharding infoPartitioning is done manually, search queries against distributed index is supported
Replication methods infoMethods for redundantly storing data on multiple nodesSAP/Sybase Replication Serveryesnone
MapReduce infoOffers an API for user-defined Map/Reduce methodsyes infoHadoop integrationHadoop integrationnono
Consistency concepts infoMethods to ensure consistency in a distributed systemImmediate ConsistencyImmediate ConsistencyImmediate Consistency
Foreign keys infoReferential integrityyesyesyesno
Transaction concepts infoSupport to ensure data integrity after non-atomic manipulations of dataACIDACIDACIDno
Concurrency infoSupport for concurrent manipulation of datayesyesyesyes
Durability infoSupport for making data persistentyesyesyesyes infoThe original contents of fields are not stored in the Sphinx index.
In-memory capabilities infoIs there an option to define some or all structures to be held in-memory only.yesnono
User concepts infoAccess controlAccess rights for users, groups and roles according to SQL-standardfine grained access rights according to SQL-standardUsers with fine-grained authorization concept, user roles and pluggable authenticationno

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